Chairman, Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Abashiya Koto on Wednesday said that the 10 tricycles (Keke NAPEP) procured and currently being distributed to the youths of the locality was part of measures to reduce youth restiveness and unemployment in the locality.
Koto made the clarification in Akwanga when he appeared before the legislative council of the local government to defend the procurement of the tricycles.
He explained that the tricycles were not procured through a loan from any bank and that the process of its remittance would not involve the local government but the beneficiaries.
“This is not a Christmas gift as being speculated in some quarters, rather than a soft loan between the beneficiaries and the Waila Micro Finance Bank, Mararaba, Karu, and ours is to serve as a guarantor to ensure its smooth running.
“The act of procuring the 10 tricycles was geared towards youth empowerment to enable unemployed youths to be self reliant as well as to boost the transport system of the area and the state at large.
“We have decided to involve ourselves in this gesture because the high rate of unemployment in the country has degenerated to anti-social activities such as violent crimes, insecurity, armed robbery, drug and human trafficking among others,” he said.
Koto disclosed that a committee had been set up to monitor and ensure that the recipients of the tricycles abide by the mode of payment within a period of 10 months.
Earlier, the speaker of Akwanga legislative council, Mr. Yakubu Shuaibu-Umar said that the invitation of the chairman was not to witch-hunt him but to get clarification on the purchase of the 10 tricycles.
“Your invitation is to get clarification on the purchase of the 10 tricycles, whether such gesture was done directly with the local government funds,” he said.

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